By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (TSCA SACC) will peer review EPA’s draft risk evaluation for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) on September 10-12, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. As reported in our August 9, 2019, blog item, EPA released the draft risk evaluation for 1-BP on August 9, 2019. EPA made the following initial determinations on risk:
- Unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users, and consumers under certain conditions of use. EPA notes that these initial determinations are not its final determinations on whether 1-BP presents unreasonable risks under the conditions of use. EPA states that it will use feedback received from the public and peer review processes to inform the final risk evaluations.
- No unreasonable risk to the environment. For all the conditions of use included in the draft risk evaluation, EPA found no unreasonable risks to the environment from 1-BP.
EPA requests comments on the draft risk evaluation by August 30, 2019, to allow SACC time to review and consider them before the peer review meeting. Comments received after August 30, 2019, and prior to the end of the oral public comment period during the meeting will still be provided to the SACC for their consideration. EPA will continue to accept comments on the draft risk evaluations until October 11, 2019. EPA will consider all comments received on the draft risk evaluations by the October 11, 2019, deadline when developing the final risk evaluation. More information is available in our August 12, 2019, memorandum, “EPA Draft Risk Evaluation for 1-BP Finds Unreasonable Risks to Workers, Occupational Non-Users, Consumers, and Bystanders under Certain Specific Uses.”